Gregory MM, James (No. 10991)

Gregory, James

Military Medal

Lance Corporal

No. 10991, ‘C’ Squadron, 4th (Queen’s Own) Hussars

Died of wounds on Wednesday 10 April 1918 (aged 21)

Buried:

St. Sever Cemetery Extension, France (Grave P. IX. J. 7B)

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Newtownards and District War Memorial

Journey of Remembering Belfast Book of Honour

Harland & Wolff (Queen’s Island) War Memorial

BIOGRAPHY

According to a family source, James Gregory was born on 1 February 1897 in George’s Street, Newtownards and he was a son of Ellen Jane Gregory (nee McDowell, formerly Cairns).

James’s birth was registered on 4 February 1897 by James Rodgers of George’s Street, Newtownards who declared that he was present at the birth and made his mark; the following details were recorded:

Name:                        James

Father’s details:        None

Mother’s details:       Ellen Cairns (formerly McDowell)

James’s brother Hugh was born on 16 December 1898 in George’s Street, Newtownards and his birth was registered on 22 December 1898 by Agnes Rodgers of George’s Street, Newtownards who declared that she was present at the birth; she made her mark and the following details were recorded:

Name:                        Hugh

Father’s details:        None

Mother’s details:       Ellen Jane Cairns

Ellen Jane McDowell and A.C.A. Cairns were married on 17 September 1894 in Ballyblack Presbyterian Church.  A.C.A. Cairns, a soldier from Newtownards was a son of William Cairns, a labourer.  Ellen Jane McDowell a spinster from Newtownards was a daughter of William McDowell, a labourer.

Also married that day in Ballyblack Presbyterian Church were James Rodgers and Agnes Wiston.  James Rodgers from Newtownards was a son of John Rodgers, a labourer.  Agnes Wiston from Newtownards was a daughter of William Wiston, a merchant.

In 1901 Ellen Jane Cairns (married, aged 25) and her sons, James Cairns (aged 4) and Hugh Cairns (aged 2) were living in George’s Street, Newtownards with Ellen’s widowed mother, Ellen Clarke (aged 50).

Ellen Jane McDowell (aged 33) and James Hutton (aged 28) were married on 21 February 1909 in St Anne’s Church of Ireland Cathedral Belfast.  Ellen Jane McDowell was described as a spinster from 54 Wilton Street Belfast who worked as a stitcher and she was a daughter of William McDowell, a weaver.  James Hutton was described as a bachelor from 104 Mayo Street, Belfast who worked as a bricklayer and he was a son of Robert Hutton, a labourer.

In 1911 James Hutton (aged 30) and Ellen Jane Hutton (aged 34) were living at 56 Chadolly Street, Belfast and with them were living James Gregory (aged 14) and Hugh Gregory (aged 13).  James and Hugh Gregory were described as stepsons of James Hutton.  James Hutton worked as a bricklayer and James Gregory worked as a message boy.  Later he worked in the Harland & Wolff (Queen’s Island) shipyard.

James Gregory enlisted in Belfast, he served with the Queen’s Own Hussars and was awarded the Military Medal.  Lance Corporal James Gregory MM died of wounds in a military hospital on 10 April 1918 and he was buried in St. Sever Cemetery Extension, France.

Lance Corporal James Gregory MM is commemorated on Newtownards and District War Memorial.  His name, which was added later, is listed after those who died in the Second World War.  James Gregory is also commemorated in the Belfast Book of Honour (Page 237) and on the Harland & Wolff (Queen’s Island) War Memorial.  At the time of his death his mother was living at 11 Pound Street Newtownards.

During the Great War Lance Corporal James Gregory’s brother Hugh served with the Royal Irish Fusiliers; he survived the war and died in 1961.

James Hutton (James Gregory’s stepfather) served with the 150th Field Company Royal Engineers (No. 64457) and he died on 2 October 1918, less than six months after James Gregory died.

James Hutton was born in Belfast and is commemorated in the Belfast Book of Honour (Page 285).

Ellen Jane Hutton (nee McDowell) and Alfred Ferguson were married on 5 July 1919 in St Anne’s Church of Ireland Cathedral Belfast.  Alfred Ferguson (aged 41), a widowed joiner from 78 Medway Street, Belfast was a son of Adam Ferguson, a signal fitter.  Ellen Jane Hutton (nee McDowell) was a widow (aged 41) from 55 Skipton Street, Belfast.